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Hunting Zimbabwe - Despite the political, economic and social upheaval in this country, Zimbabwe remains a popular destination for hunters wanting affordable dangerous game hunting.
Exercise caution and only book hunts with reputable outfitters and make your travel arrangements with expert agents.
Google Zimbabwe and things don't look so good - you will find either links to sites decrying human rights violations, electoral abuses and an imploded economy or you will find their diametric opposites promulgated by various government mouthpieces. If you ignore all that, what you have left is a country that has its problems like any other but offers some of the best hunting in Africa.
Hunting in Zimbabwe may be conducted on 3 land types which have varying game laws...
If you are planning to travel to Zimbabwe with hunting firearms, you need to pay attention to the international air route you intend to use. International restrictions on arms to Zimbabwe, including sporting firearms, means direct European and British flights will not carry arms to Zimbabwe. You will need to fly to Johannesburg, formally import your firearms there and use a separately ticketed onward flight to Zimbabwe. Also avoid European hubs where you need to produce a 'letter of invitation' from your hunting outfitter in order to obtain a firearm transit consent document, such as in the Netherlands. As your hunt outfitter will be in Zimbabwe, there is every chance your firearm transit consent application will be refused, even though you are ticketed to South Africa only. Read more here
Depending on the location of your hunt area, you can fly on to Harare, Victoria Falls or Bulawayo. Once in Zimbabwe, your onward journey to your hunting area will be by road or air charter.
Your hunting camp accommodation will either be in tents or permanent lodges with chalets.
Zimbabwe does not have particularly physically challenging terrain consisting of rolling hills, with Mopane woodland, natural forest and a few flat valleys.
As mentioned before, the game laws of Zimbabwe vary depending on the type of area you are hunting...
The minimum number of days for a hunting safari is set by the outfitter, based upon the species being hunted and a Government minimum hunt charge for this species.
Tourists who wish to hunt in Zimbabwe must be accompanied by a licensed operator, who is required to be registered and licensed by the Zimbabwe Ministry of Environment and Tourism. Travelers to Zimbabwe should ask for the operator’s license number when booking a hunt and should check the authenticity of the license by contacting the Zimbabwe Association of Tour and Safari Operators (ZATSO). Visiting hunters are well-advised to seek confirmation that they are not hunting on illegally seized land or on a nature conservancy. Hunting on such lands can expose the hunter to arrest, lawsuits, fines, seizure of trophies, and imprisonment. US Travel Advisory For Zimbabwe
With a series of Executive Orders (Executive Order 13288 of March 7, 2003, Executive Order 13391 of November 25, 2005, and Executive Order 13469 of July 25, 2008) the United States placed targeted sanctions on the property and economic assets of certain Zimbabwean individuals and entities deemed most responsible for undermining Zimbabwe’s democratic institutions. U.S. citizens should carefully review the U.S. sanctions program prior to engaging in the purchase/sale or transfer of money and other assets with a Zimbabwean citizen or entity. Under U.S. law, it is illegal for U.S. citizens or residents to engage in any transaction or dealing with the targeted individuals or other entities designated by the Secretary of the Treasury under this sanctions program. It is not otherwise illegal for U.S. citizens to transact business with Zimbabwean firms and individuals. U.S. citizens intending to engage in business or financial transactions in Zimbabwe are advised to consult the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control for up-to-date information on these sanctions. US Travel Advisory For Zimbabwe
Visitors are required to declare the amount of currency that they are carrying into and out of the country. While there is no set legal limit on the amount of foreign currency that a person can carry into Zimbabwe, the maximum foreign currency that can be taken out of the country is US $5000. US Travel Advisory For Zimbabwe
Elephant populations in Zimbabwe are classified as CITES II but also classified as 'Threatened' by USF&W so will require an enhancement permit to import trophies into the US.
National Parks And Wildlife Management: Rhodesia And Zimbabwe 1928 - 1990 By Mike Bromwich (2016) relates the untold story of the Department of National Parks and Wild Life Management in Rhodesia and early Zimbabwe. A unique historic, factual and anecdotal account, it tells of the country's founding fathers and their foresight regarding wild life conservation through into the 1960s,'70s and '80s.
Zimbabwe Elephant Hunt 2008 by David Bartlett is a first-person account of the beauty, danger and corruption he encountered on his travels in Zimbabwe. A thrilling and touching account of one hunter's friendships and close calls. The book outlines not only the hurdles international hunting travelers face when in a heavily sanctioned country oppressed by human rights violations, but also the ways in which the people of these countries rise above it all to welcome visitors.
The Hunting Imperative: Biography Of A Boy In Africa is the biography of Richard Harland, one of the greatest living elephant hunters. Richard learned elephant hunting under the tutelage of Paul Grobler, one of the greatest elephant hunters who ever lived. This is Harland's story.
Hunting In Zimbabwe by Tony Sanchez Arino is an anthology of the best writings on hunting in Zimbabwe from both old and current writers many of whom are also professional hunters. Writings included from Finaughty, Selous, Brown, Millais, Burnham, Daly, Burger, Marsh, Taylor, Sutherland and many others. This title has become very scarce.
Zimbabwe's Glamour Game DVD by Ken Wilson. Hunting of 'cattle-killing' leopards by tracking them with dogs. Other species such as sable, Livingston's eland and greater kudu are also hunted.
The Mopani Collection - First Season DVD is a Roy Aylward film from the Omay Area in the Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe featuring 13 elephant hunts, 6 hippos shoots, 7 buffalo kills and finally a leopard attack. There are a total of 30 big-game hunts on this DVD.